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  1. Lost need for BP med in 1st 30 days of whole30. Stayed on program 60 days then stopped it and ate corn, ice cream, cheese, bread, pizza, sweet deserts, cream in coffee over weeks and blood pressure rose to require med again, belly re-expanded, became short of breath. Restarted in earnest 2 weeks ago. BP falling & bowels returning to functional. This time I really notice a feeling of well being. Holistic pharmacist I know says hypertension is an inflammatory condition.
  2. Poop Probs

    This is probably TMI, but something I'm still noticing a problem with. I'm currently on Day 13, and my energy has finally increased and I am feeling good. The only problem is I do feel constipated and backed up. I have not been pooping normally since I started the program. It's only happening about once every few days. There will be other days, like today, that I feel like I need to go, and strain hard, but nothing happens. I have been also been gassy since I started. I have read up, and I have seen magnesium supplements recommended. Is there anything else I should look into? My normal meals include: Eggs in the morning, a salad with some sort of meat and some fruit at lunch, and a meat protein and roasted vegetable at night. There is variety, but that's a general look at what I'm consuming. I cook with olive oil, and occasionally have a few cashews in the afternoon. I have greatly increased my water intake since starting the program. Maybe 60-90 ounces a day? I haven't exactly been counting, but my big Yeti cup is refilled several times a day. I did stop drinking coffee when I started the program, because I realized I can't have it without a little sweetener; I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated!! Sorry for the detail lol
  3. Hi Everyone, It has officially been one week since I completed my first Whole 30. I have already been gluten- and dairy-free for six years (I have Celiac Disease and I'm allergic to milk) so it wasn't that huge of an adjustment for me. However, I had been struggling with fatigue and a weak immune system, so I thought I would give Whole30 a shot. Within a week, I noticed the results I was hoping for: tons more energy, faster recovery from workouts, and just feeling a lot healthier and stronger. But there was one problem. I was constipated. Now I want to make one thing very clear: BEFORE the Whole 30, my digestion was amazing. I keep very strict gluten- and dairy-free, so I have had virtually zero stomach issues since I first went gluten-free in 2011. (The only time it acts up is when I accidentally eat gluten, which I definitely haven't done in over a year.) I expected it to get better as my body adjusted, and it did improve slightly, but even though I've been off the Whole 30 for a week now, my digestion is not nearly as good as it was before. So in conclusion: the Whole 30 gave me tons of energy, yet it's wrecked my digestive system. That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, so I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this or knew why this was happening. Oh, and before you suggest digestive enzymes or other supplements--I will likely end up going that route, but I thought the point of the program was to get what we need from food, so I find it ironic that I wouldn't need help going to the bathroom before the Whole 30 but do now... Thanks!
  4. Hello, I'm looking for some help with my Whole30. I am a 27 year old female trying the program out for the first time after hearing excellent reviews from co-workers. I bought the book and was really excited and motivated to get my Whole30 started. I was aiming at losing some weight (I probably had ~5 pounds to lose), to improve sleep, to improve mood (specifically, to be less fatigues and unmotivated by 2pm in the work day), and to help with swelling in my lower legs (called panniculitis). I had pretty high hopes after hearing about the program and reading the first few chapters of the book. I'm currently on day 22 and I'd go as far to say that it's pretty much a disaster. I'll back up and provide some more detail. The first week was great! I felt excited, motivated, energized, and my pants were less tight! Around week 2 I started noticing some undesirable side effects. My acne (which isn't really acne... I usually get 2-3 pimples per month) was TERRIBLE. My skin was extremely oily and broken out all over. They ranged from small, hard pimples on my cheeks and forehead, to under the skin painful welts on my chin. I read on this forum that nuts could be doing this. So I decreased my nuts. I will mention that I am a pescitarian, so I don't eat poultry/beef/pork. I do eat fish, seafood, eggs, and dairy [when not on the Whole30]. So I cut out nuts and stuck with my other protein sources. I also started noticing my mood getting worse (sad, angry for no reason, unmotivated). So for this, I read on here to increase my fruit and starchy food...I ate more starches and fruit daily. My side effects from week 3 up to now is what motivated to seek help here. I am depressed, unmotivated, and a completely different person for the worse. I am SO agitated all the time (when people talk to me, I was to cry and/or scream), I'm tired beyond belief, the acne has not changed at all, I have a hard time staying asleep all night, and I haven't seen any improvements in my lower leg swelling. Oh and to top it off, I'm now experience bloating, constipation, and terrible gas (sorry, TMI) that I never experienced before my Whole30. Again, I've looked up most of these symptoms on here and I got info on the depression side; eat more starchy foods and fat...but I already am. As for the gastrointestinal issues, I'm at a loss; seems like the Whole30 foods are causing me issues that other people eliminate during their Whole30. With only 8 days left to go, I'm seriously considering blowing it off. For whatever reason, the Whole30 isn't working with my body.Here is a sample meal plan to help guide any advise that you may have. I really appreciate it. Breakfast - 2 eggs fried in EVOO, homemade hash browns with onions, and half an avocado with S&P (I'll throw in some fresh berries if I still feel hungry) Lunch - baked sweet potato, sautéed kale, and a fruit (usually an apple or banana) Dinner - grilled salmon, lemon garlic grilled shrimp, and roasted veggies with EVOO & balsamic Thank you in advance, I really appreciate any help
  5. Hola! I am on Day 12 of my first W30 and I haven't been able to have a normal bowel movement in about 6 days + I am constantly bloated. Pre-W30, I suffered from constipation & bloating on a regular basis, which is part of the reason I embarked upon this journey. Here is a look at my average day: 6:00 AM - Workout (30 min, HIIT/weights) 8:00 AM - Breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs, 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato, 1 tbs almond butter, black coffee 12:00 PM - Lunch: Large salad with spinach/mixed greens, 1 palm size chicken breast, assorted veggies/fruit, 1 tbs Tessamae's dressing + balsamic vinegar 4:00 PM - Snack: 1 hard-boiled egg + sliced red pepper, or celery/apple + almond butter 8:00 PM - Dinner: 1 palm size chicken breast, tons of roasted broccoli/cauliflower/brussels, 1/2 mashed avocado, Frank's Red Hot (approved), decaf black coffee Drinking 75-100 oz of water + fresh lemon/lime and taking a pro-biotic daily. Wondering if perhaps I'm still not drinking enough water? For reference, I am 6'1" 175 lbs. Also thinking I might have FODMAP issues since my tummy inflates like a balloon after every single meal Any suggestions/advice would be so much appreciated!
  6. Random Day 5 Musings and Updates

    I'm a rideshare driver. Yesterday as I rode along with a bag of carrots riding shot gun, a passenger got in with a chocolate frosted yellow cupcake. The old school kind. The kind that looks like it was frosted with a knife by a loving grandma, not piped out of a bag by a hipster. He tried to tell me carrots were just as good as cupcakes. I tried not to slap him. I thought I was doing fine with the carb cravings until I found myself waxing poetic about that dang cupcake to my next passenger. I went on for about a minute, which doesn't sound like a long time but... Forgive me for jumping from cupcakes to constipation but OMG the constipation! Wasn't expecting that. I went from eating a pescatarian diet that leaned more towards heavy on the carb and dairy vegetarianism of late to doing this Whole30 thing. Well I guess my body isn't used to processing so much animal protein. I'm doing fish and egg. And more of it than usual since I can't have beans and falafel and love any more. Anyway, yoga twists, tons of water, kombucha, and coconut water (don't even start with me about only being able to drink coconut water if I'm running a marathon or some chizz. I HAVE A SITUATION HERE! And it's 100% coconut water. No sugar. No added juices. It's FINE.) seem to be doing the trick. The troops have lined up at the border and we're seeing multiple small scale evacuations today. I remain confident. So how's by you on this fine day?
  7. Hi all! My husband and I have been doing Whole 30 for many months now. Curiously, when we eat clean and stick to the W30 plan, we BOTH have the worst diarrhea. When we go OFF plan for a special occasion and enjoy a big cheesy pizza or a yummy burger w/all the fixings, our GI tract is better - significantly! We have tried adding a probiotic, we've ruled out any chance of parasite, or other illness. But for MONTHS now, our #2's are just as fluid as our #1's and it makes us both want to stop W30 altogether. We like the healthy way we feel otherwise and logically, we like knowing we are giving our bodies good nutrients, but the GI stuff is SO tiring!! Anyone else having this issue? Any ideas or successes in fixing it AND staying on Whole30?? Help!!!! (thank you!!)
  8. Background: March 2016 I traveled to Ecuador and came back with a nasty stomach bug (nausea with diarrhea for ~1 week). The diarrhea led to an anal fissure. Ever since, I've had digestive problems that I didn't have prior to the stomach bug, including a dairy intolerance, and cramping, bloating, and constipation. I started a W30 on the same day as a round of cipro (3x/day for 5 days) + flagyl (2x/day for 10 days) in January. I know antibiotics while on W30 isn't ideal, but it was the course I chose in an attempt to find relief. The idea was that the bug was still living in my gut, and I wanted to decrease the amount of inflammatory foods I was eating while my stomach recovered. I ate a loosely paleo-based prior to starting W30 due to digestive problems, but had treats a few times a week and was less strict if eating out at restaurants. No bloating or abdominal discomfort since starting W30/antibiotics. I have been taking high quality probiotics for the last 2 months or so. Had diarrhea/loose stools for ~2 weeks during/after the antibiotics, then in the last week the stools became hard to pass and the fissure opened back up. I follow the meal template as closely as possible and drink a lot of water. I was hoping to start re-intro tomorrow but now I'm not so sure. I did pick up some miralax yesterday, as that is what the doctor recommended for the first fissure. Any guidance here?? I don't know what to do food-wise to stop having hard stools or if miralax is my best bet. Also not sure if I should start re-introduction or not. I would just go the slow-roll route, but I would like to finish before an event in a couple of weekends. Any advice would be appreciated at this point as I'm feeling a little discouraged.
  9. HI. I am on day 3. I woke up feeling constipated and then remembered that when i started eating paleo only a few years ago i got so constipated i had to go to urgent care. once i cleared that with a stool softener the only way i could keep regular was to add in some brown rice. I started my whole 30 after a year of eating anythng (not just paleo). is this a common problem for people? what causes it and what can i do to clear it without going off plan?? thanks for your quick help!
  10. Whole30 has officially taught me that it's possible to feel slimmer and bloated at the same time. I'm on Day 9 and I've been very..... irregular. Well, if we define irregular as me not having a healthy movement for the past 9 days. So I have some bloating from that. Meanwhile, my pants feel looser everywhere except across the lower abdomen that is feeling all puffy. So, I guess that's good? I drink a lot of water (upwards of 80 ounces a day, not counting the two or so cups of tea or cup of coffee--all compliant, promise!--I also have many days) and eat a lot of veggies. I've had issues with this my whole life and am IBS-C, and found that I need lots of soluble fiber to keep things comfortable. I'm still eating plenty of insoluble fiber, but the lack of beans and other starches I've relied on for soluble fiber in the past seem to be causing some serious disruption. I once had a doctor tell me I was his most severe case of IBS, and over the past 10 years I have had to do a lot of dietary adjustments as a result. I've tried most plans, like low-FODMAP and many other things, but found that just keeping a good mix of insoluble and soluble fiber and drinking lots of water has been the best solution for me. For a while I was taking linzess, but it is no longer covered by my health insurance so I stopped. That was the only time in my life that I had more than say 2 movements per week. FYI: My primary motivation for doing W30 is an elimination diet to determine sensitivities or allergens. I've had weird symptoms such as swollen eyelids in the morning that have me convinced I'm ingesting an allergen. I have ruled out environmental factors. I want to see an allergist for testing, and have a request in for an appointment, but don't know when that will be just yet. I have not had any of the weird allergic reaction type symptoms since I've started W30, so I think I'm on the right track. Anybody have any good tips on getting the trains back on schedule? Or recommendations for good soluble fiber foods that aren't super starchy? I don't want to overdo it on sweet potatoes, as I feel that could sabotage other positive results I'd be able to achieve on this plan. While I have maintained a fairly healthy diet pre-W30, or at least better than the SAD diet, I am victim to my share of emotional eating and sugar cravings.
  11. This is a littler personal, but I've struggled with bad gas, constipation, and bloating for about 15 years (I'm only 29 - it started when I was a teenager). To the point sometimes the pain is so bad I can't even stand up and have to lie down. I've literally tried everything, even got a colonoscopy (which showed nothing). The only time I've really felt better is when I did a sugar detox last year, similar to Whole30 but you can still have some dairy. This is my first time doing W30 and I'm currently on day 23. I've noticed I'm losing weight but throughout most of the program my stomach problems seem to have gotten worse. I'm bloated almost every day, still constipated (although sometimes I get random diarrhea out of nowhere), and the pain seems almost worse than normal. My gut has also been very noisy, making "angry" noises when it's hurting badly. I was really hoping W30 would help but it seems to be making things worse - too many vegetables perhaps? If anyone has any insight, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm feeling very frustrated and upset; this is an awful way to feel every day.
  12. I have been following a diet regimen similar to the Whole30. Only difference really is that TLS has specific food groups for each meal and allows snacks. Nevertheless, I have been eating at least two cups of veggies for one-two meals minimum, mostly salad greens because it is easy. Even with this amount of veggies and fruit, I am susceptible to constipation. I am thinking I need some other type of fiber, like a supplement. I have one from Trader Joes that has mostly psyllium in it, some oat bran, providing 4g which isn't that much in 8 pills a day! I am wondering about Chia seeds or other supplements that have no wheat or gluten that are compliant. I could add more fruit and more veggies. I haven' been adding any potatoes to my diet. Perhaps that would help. Any suggestions are helpful. I scouted the forums and didn't find info quite in line with my situation since I am not new to eating 6-12 portions of veggies per day.
  13. I am beginning my Whole30 a week from today, and have a question about the current supplements I'm taking. I've had stomach issues since I can remember (gas, bloating, CONSTIPATION), but as of the last year, things have been pretty good. Not great, but good. Every day I take a probiotic (Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Advanced Strength), drink a 1/2 cup of plain kefir, and take digestive enzymes with each meal (I used to take the NOW brand of these enzymes, but have since switched to Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes). I attribute my things being "pretty good" to the daily addition of these three things to my diet. However, I am wondering if I should go into the Whole30 sans the two supplements (the kefir is obviously out), and see if the program itself doesn't help me. Can someone please provide me with some guidance?
  14. Hey Whole 30 Friends. I'm reaching out today in hopes to find some unique answers from the community. Trust - I've gone through pages of this "Troubleshooting" thread in search of answers, and it has become very clear to me that (unfortunately) every body is different, and there are no solid answers for any one (or multitude) of problems. Cutting to the chase - I am on day 8 of my second Whole 30, and let's just say it's not going so well. My first Whole 30 was basically a miracle - day 3 I was seeing clearer skin, less greasy hair, a pep in my step, serious shrinkage of my stomach area, great digestion, and more. Pants that hadn't fit me in months/years even slid right on. I never weighed myself but I could tell that weight was lost. It really felt like a godsend. I didn't even make it through the whole 30 days (stopped on day 24), and still felt like a new woman. This time around, I have been even more strict and compliant since Day 1, but am feeling barely any benefit. I do feel energy, but I am extremely bloated at all hours of the day. I can barely use the bathroom without popping a blood vessel (sorry to be graphic, but you get the idea), I barely fit into my pants, my skin is horrible? My hair is greasy as just sucks all around. The bloating is really the tough part - I wake up in the mornings in pain with gas, but cannot "solve the issue", and spend my day waiting for it to pass but it...doesn't. I take probiotics daily and drink more water than I ever have in my life, trust me. Here's an example of what I eat daily: Breakfast: black coffee, an egg "muffin" (scrambled egg, kale, tomato, onion, pepper, pepper, salt), a banana Lunch: ground turkey with cayenne, pepper, salt, broccoli (cooked), carrots (cooked) (disclaimer: I have heard multiple times that broccoli, kale, or carrots could cause constipation but my rebuttal is that this is not an every day staple of my meals. This is an example of what I ate today specifically, but I didn't have broccoli, kale, carrots, or anything along those lines in the past few days) Dinner: spaghetti squash with salt and pepper, chicken, tomato "sauce" with garlic, spices, tomato paste Note: I cook with and eat olive oil frequently. I drink water water water and some seltzer each day, sometimes green tea. I do snack occasionally on raisins or dates but I am putting emphasis on "occasionally". I don't eat too many starches (seriously), I don't eat too many avocados, any foods that have been listed to create bloat, I do not eat on a frequent basis. Another note: I ate pretty much these exact foods during my last Whole 30 and had no problem. Normally, when I am not doing the Whole 30, I never ever have indigestion or constipation issues. Something important to say might be that during now and my last Whole 30 (about a month or two ago was when I did my first), I definitely pigged out. Drank a lot of alcohol, ate a lot of crap, etc. All in all, I just need some kind of answer or even short term solution? This is making my daily life quite stressful and upsetting, to the point that I'm wondering - what is the point? I might as well eat like crap if it actually allows me to be comfortable! Please help
  15. hello: I am on my day 20 of the program and things are going well. at the start of the program i used more fruits and raw veggies that exacerbated my IBS. however i was able to address it with consuming less fruit, well cooked veggies and some supplements that i would like to get feedback on. for years i have been using supplements for bowel movement, past couple of years - Cleanse More. I have been suffering with the chronic constipation(more than 25 years) and this supplement helped. thought some mornings i notice i have very loose stool. i also started taking taking Ultimate Flora probiotics by Renew Life to help elevate IBS and address loose stool. i was wondering if taking these are acceptable on the program, as well as what others on the program use, if any at all and what general guideline is for people on the program with chronic constipation. thanks!
  16. Hi. I'd be feeling GREAT about Whole30 if I wasn't constantly battling constipation and bloating. I've read tons of stuff on the forum here about possible problems and solutions and, I think, have tried virtually all of them, largely to no avail. This morning, I woke up again with my stomach distended and the feeling like I have a bowling ball in my lower GI tract. I poop every day, but not alot and it's much darker than before -- certainly not as much as before Whole30. And....I've been waking up with a bit of reflux, something else I never had before Whole30. That usually eases over the course of the day....but still.... About me: I'm 48. Went on Whole30 because I'm overweight (5'2, 175) and want to get more mindful about my eating, as well as break my bread/starches addiction (as well as my fondness for sneaking terrible takeout chinese food). I'm an experienced cook and, long before starting this, when not eating too much bread or bad takeout, ate mostly high quality proteins and veg (organic/local/pastured/grass fed). I didn't eat nearly as much red meat. I also always ate dairy, though not a ton (lowfat yogurt, a bit of cheese here and there, cream in my coffee). I exercise by running and walking @ 4x/week. What I've been eating: I've been following the food template to a tee, I think. I was using cauliflower rice and onions as two of my favorite "fall back" veggies during the first 10-12 days of the diet, but I've cut them out thinking that maybe this was a FODMAP issue. (I should note that I've cooked with lots of onions and garlic my whole life and never got the tiniest bit of indigestion from them). Yesterday I ate: BREAKFAST 12 oz lemon water when I woke up Sauteed a sweet potato in a bit of oilve oil with cinnamon and cumin; mixed it with leftover hamburger, and I ate it with a couple of tablespoons of homemade simple guac (avocado,salt, lime juice). Had another 12 oz lemon water LUNCH 15-20- baby carrots another leftover hamburger 1/2 c homeade simple guac per above 12 oz unsweetened iced tea and another 12 oz water DINNER sauteed in a generous amount of olive oil 1 very large zucchini with 8 fresh wild shrimp, added olive oil, crushed red pepper, and a moderate amount (less than I usually would - probably 1 clove) slivered garlic. I tried to avoid eating the slivered garlic when I ate dinner 2 more 12 oz glasses of water Day before I ate: BREAKFAST 2 scrambled eggs with 6 crimini mushrooms 1 cup fresh spinach 2 small slices of proscuitto ghee for sauteeing iced coffee with homemade almond milk LUNCH grilled organic salmon romaine lettuce salad (it had a small amount of shredded red and green cabbage, shredded apple, and shredded carrot in it) closed handful of cashews 1/2 cup homemade pineapple salsa (pineapple, a tiny bit of red onion, a little bit of jalapeno, cilantro) 24 oz iced herb (non-caffeinated) iced mint tea DINNER 2 grilled applegate organic beef hotdogs 1 cup + saurkraut 12-15 baby carrots 1/2 cup of my homemade guac Another 24-36 oz of water. Supplements I used to take a gummy cal/mag and gummy vitamin c/d. I ended these when I started Whole30. I've been taking a probiotic (PB8) in the morning since I started Whole30. The past 4 days, I've been taking papaya enzymes before every meal in the hopes that they may help. (They do, I think, but not much). I take fish oil every morning too. THANKS FOR ANY SUGGESTIONS! MY PANTS ALREADY ARE A BIT LOOSER AND MY NAILS AND SKIN LOOK GOOD, BUT I WOULD FEEL SOOOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER IF I COULD SHAKE THIS!
  17. Hi, I tried to do Whole30 but usually quit at day 4 or day 5 because I was feeling so awful like a poop carrier bag... I have been on extremely low-carb+low-fat diet for 6 months to lose weight and I succeeded (with regular workout, of course). But I have been suffering from severe constipation which never happened before I went on that diet. Then last fall I learned about paleo eating so I added a lot of healthy fat to my meals. I felt more satisfied after eating fat-boosted meals and my body felts a lot better, but still constipation remained. During those periods I found no solutions work for me. Bananas, yogurt (probotics), tons of water, a lot of naturally occurred fiber, eating enough fat, sauerkraut, etc. Something works but more like a laxative (300g kiwis a day or Natural Calm recommended by the Whole30 community). Interestingly they either cause diarrhea or do not work at all (like if I eat 200g kiwis, nothing happened). The only cure I have ever found so far is whole grains. Whenever I ordered a dish called 'pepper-crusted sirloin with whole grains' in Applebee's my bowel came back to work again. I exhaustively tried all carbs allowed in whole 30 and sometimes eating too much of them make me feel sick but none of them work (I tried sweet potatoes and even white potatoes but my body just refuse to work) I am now eating according to Whole30 guidelines, except that I allow myself some Ezekiel bread everyday. I would make my own 100% sprouted grain bread as well. Background: grown up in an Asian country eating rice-based diet, never had constipation concerns until getting on the low-carb weight-loss diet in college. Used to eat bread for every breakfast for more than 10 years with no problem. Not a fan of fruits because eating those provides much less satiety than eating a full healthy meal. Drink at least 1.5 L water everyday, eat tons of veggies (like 1 lbs of spinach per meal), and get a lot of healthy fat (cook organic chicken, beef and pork). And have regular workout in my daily life (just hit 210 miles of jogging/running year to date). Prior to my learning about Whole30 I already excluded dairy products and most processed meat (hormone intolerance) and legumes from my diet (bloating issue). I am really, really looking forward to doing a 100% Whole30, and I just love the idea about dropping calorie counting and listen to our bodies. But with the constipation problem sticking around I really can't do it. The only cure I have never tried is the beef gelatin, but I don't have much expectation on that. Any suggestions? Thank you very much for helping.
  18. Last September, I was diagnosed with diverticulitis (then a 30-year-old). The odd thing about my diagnosis, at the time I had my attack, I was working out very regularly, drinking ton of water, and eating healthy-ish. It was quite surprising. I digress. I did a Whole30 almost 3 years ago, and after many failed repeats, I didn't ever get back on the wagon. Judge me. Point the finger. It is what it is. I do fervently believe following this diet and lifestyle is the way to eat to maintain optimal health Currently, I'm day 5 of a Whole 30, and I'm having increasing diverticulitis pain. My doctor just wants me to take Miralax to avoid constpiation, but my body responds to Miralax unfavorably. I tried an organic tea (which I still use occasionally) but the doctor told me that the tea could cause me to develop a dependency on the root in the tea. I should only use it occasionally. Simply put, at 5 days in, my stomach is not happy with me with the increase in fiber. I'm not eating any raw food since the sudden change to high fiber is already given me issues, but I'm still having increasing amounts of pain. Anyone else have any experience with this? What did you do? How do you avoid constipation? Does it get better?! My first Whole30 was pre-diverticulitis, and I need this diet now more than ever. Thanks -Crystal-
  19. Help. I'm on day 8 and constipated. I've had maybe two bowel movements of lesser size (I normally go daily)...advice?! What foods will trigger this? I've been told I have IBS-C...but I had worked hard to be pretty regulated before I started this. But maybe that's because I was eating a lot more crap?! I take probiotics every night. Help Please!!!
  20. Long! Sorry! Starting Whole 30 4/7 (I think)

    Hi everyone! I'm Tiffany, I keep a healthy lifestyle blog (mostly Weight Watchers related) at and I just wrote this blog, but wanted to share it with all of you. This is my second round with Whole 30 but the first time I did it on my own without any support from forums here so I'm looking forward to doing it again with help this time and sticking to it! Last time I started off really strong but I allowed myself to be a little too flexible with the meal templates about 2 weeks in. So I guess I didn't actually do Whole 30 at all since it's pretty much all or nothing, right? I ate foods according to the compliant list only but some of my meals I ate didn't include fats and I allowed myself a snack after dinner pretty much every night. This time I want to do it RIGHT. I felt SO good by eating according the compliant list, I wonder how much better I'll feel if I follow all the rules!! Anyways, below is a blog I wrote today about why I decided to do Whole 30 in the first place, what my experience was like, why I stopped and why I'm starting again-probably tomorrow! I look forward to feeling like myself again and I'm SO incredibly grateful that this program has done in 30 days what 4 "experts" over 3 years couldn't do. I didn't feel CURED on Whole 30 but I know if I hadn't stopped I probably would've. That's why this time I won't stop. ______________________________________________________________________________________ So I've got stomach issues. IBS-C. I've seen 3 GI's including 1 in Boston; Boston is the creme da la creme...the bees knees, THE BEST...HA! Yeah, right. The doctor I saw in Boston was the worst. I felt like she didn't believe me and gave me a TON of meds that made me feel horrendous and sent me on my way. She didn't order any tests, she didn't suggest any dietary changes, just put me on 10 doses (DAILY!!) of Miralax (which she then told me is what she prescribes for patients who are prepping for a colonoscopy. So EVERY DAY I was "prepping for a colonoscopy"). UGH. I have to let go of my frustration and my anger for that particular doctor. It's over and done, she didn't help, it is what it is but it's SO frustrating. I went to my PCP in tears (literally) and told her I didn't know how much more I could take. She suggested I go gluten free and sugar free. I didn't think that was going to work. I mean, I've seen 4 GI's including one in Boston (the best of the best!) and they couldn't fix me with all kinds of fancy meds, so was sugar free and gluten free REALLY going to help? Here's my list of reasons I DIDN'T want to go gluten free: ~I believe that unnecessarily eliminating foods is unhealthy for you. Mentally: I LOVE Weight Watchers! It's the only program that has ever worked for me and I lost over 100 pounds by eating WHATEVER I wanted! There is no restriction which is why it's a livable "diet" or more appropriately a lifestyle. I would've quit WW a long time ago if they said "you can't eat ________" (fill in the blank). I am going to go to weddings, birthday parties, holiday dinners etc. and I'm going to eat indulgent foods on occasion. I can't commit to NEVER eating sugar EVER again. NEVER eating another carb EVER again. I can't say "I'm going to pack my own food everywhere I go. I'm never going to eat at someone else's house. I'm never going to go out to eat." that is not a lifestyle I can commit to because it's totally unrealistic! Physically: Is it safe to eliminate food groups entirely if you don't have an actual allergy? What kind of nutrients are you depriving yourself of by NOT eating certain foods? Remember a while ago when VERY low fat or no fat was the diet fad? Turns out our bodies actually NEED fat, healthy fat of course. And remember when no carb was the fad (maybe it still is) and people started eating pounds and pounds of bacon cooked in butter and overloading their bodies with protein and making themselves sick! People were damaging their kidneys!!! In this quest for "health" we all became ridiculously unhealthy. ~I don't have Celiac disease. I knew a girl in college who did and her life seemed really tough. I watched her buy special food, avoid the dining hall, read labels endlessly. It seemed like a lot of work and as much as I know she probably didn't want me to, I couldn't help but feel sorry for her. Her life must've been so tough. I feel like if she could see me now going gluten free she'd probably be offended. I thought she'd think "why in the world would you choose this lifestyle!?" I felt like a hypochondriac. It felt like I had a stomach flu and I was trying to empathize with someone going through chemo. "man, I know what it's like. I'm so green..." You have the stomach flu for a day, maybe 2. The effects of chemo can last months, years...forever...(my dad went through it and still suffers from the effects; but he's cancer free so it was worth it!) ~Just because something is gluten free doesn't mean it's "healthy". Gluten free bread, gluten free pretzels, gluten free cake, gluten free EVERYTHING. Most often when they take out the gluten they take out the flavor so they have to replace that somehow...otherwise all these snacks and treats would taste like ass and no one is going to buy something that tastes like ass. I mean, maybe SOME people would, but a majority want their pretzels to taste like pretzels ;-) I feel like "gluten free" is a way for food companies to make more money. They take out the gluten, add a bunch of other chemicals and crap to make it taste good and then double the price because American's want to be "healthy" and we'll pay for health and convenience. Gluten free pretzels are a convenient snack. Cut up vegetables with some guacamole are gluten free but if I want crudites as a snack I have to wash them, cut them, store them...blech. That's so many steps. It's so much easier to open a bag of pretzels and pour them in my mouth. And I didn't want to go sugar free because--Hi, I'm Tiffany and I'm addicted to sugar. AND SUGAR IS IN EVERYTHING. And it tastes good! And what am I going to eat if I can't eat sugar!? AND HOW AM I GOING TO DRINK DUNKIN DONUTS COFFEE WITHOUT SPLENDA!? I can't. I can't do it! BUT...I can. I was so, so, SO sick of feeling awful. Sick of doctors treating me like I was faking it; sick of being prescribed medicine that made me incredibly sick and negatively affected my daily life. Some days I'd be so sick I'd miss classes at the gym, I'd have to skip workouts and I'd be late to work. I was miserable and missing out on a LOT because I was so sick from the medicine. When I didn't take the medicine I felt awful too, but at least I wasn't dealing with side effects of medication when I wasn't taking the I figured it was the lesser of 2 evils. I felt awful either way but with the medicine I was concerned that I might have long term side effects that would effect me for the rest of my life. Without the medicine I felt awful but I was assured that despite how awful I felt there was nothing causing damage to my insides. I do find that a little hard to believe, I think if you feel horrendous there's probably something damaged inside...but I also believe that medicine isn't the only way to heal from illness. In fact, I feel that natural remedies are the best way to treat ailments whenever possible. I asked my PCP for a referral to a dietitian but I was disappointed when I met her and she admitted to me "I just printed this diet off the internet before you got here". She told me to go Low FODMAP and gluten free and gave me some papers she printed off google. So I went home and started researching Whole 30. I had heard about it before but didn't know much about it aside from the fact that it was gluten free, dairy free and REALLY strict. I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it and I had to accept the fact that it was an elimination diet and I had to come to terms with the fact that it went against EVERYTHING I thought I believed in. I was SO set in my ways and I was (and still am!) such a die hard WW fan and felt like WW was the only way to successfully lose weight and maintain weight loss and I felt like I couldn't have WW AND Whole 30. Who am I if I'm not a Weight Watcher!? And am I offending people who are actually affected by Celiac disease by going gluten free? Am I jumping on the trendy bandwagon? Am I hurting myself by trying to help myself? It may sound silly, but I felt like I was turning my back on everything I believed in but I realize that my rigid beliefs might actually be hurting me. If I was so desperate to feel better and I truly wanted to so I read It Starts With Food and then started Whole 30. And I felt so much better. I ate lean protein, healthy fats and even carbs every single day. I eliminated alcohol (I live a sober life anyways so that was fine) sugar (and artificial sweeteners), dairy, grains, legumes, carageenan, MSG and sulfates. It wasn't all that difficult to be totally honest; it was an adjustment and some of the things I made sucked but I know with time I'll learn how to cook according to the program. When I first started WW and I had to learn how to cook things other than macaroni and cheese out of the box (because even though I knew I could eat it, it was a lot of points!). I ate according to the approved list for more than 30 days and planned to continue eating that way but right before we went on vaca I got a terrible migraine. I'd never had one before and it was a 3 days process. It started on Saturday with a slightly sour feeling in my stomach and head and I started to crave grains but I didn't give in. Sunday I was nauseous and really wanted popcorn and oatmeal but I didn't give in. Monday it was a full blown migraine. I was nauseous, dizzy, having trouble seeing and I felt like if I didn't eat grains I was going to die. So I popped a bag of microwave popcorn and inhaled it. Then I popped another. Then I stopped at Wendy's on my way to work and bought chili. I felt like my migraine was triggered by NOT eating grains, legumes, etc. Since I was craving them I figured that must be what was causing the migraine. I ended up having to leave work on Monday because my headache was so bad. We left for vacation on Wednesday and I didn't follow Whole 30 while in Costa Rica. Wednesday while we traveled I did my best to stay gluten and dairy free but it was tough. Once we arrived in Costa Rica I ate tons of fresh, locally grown, absolutely delicious food and I felt pretty darn amazing. I was eating rice and beans daily because that's what they eat down there, but I wasn't eating gluten or processed foods up until the day before we left. On Tuesday we went to an organic market and we bought a few snacks; coconut bread, pumpkin bread and carrot bread. They were all delicious and very small squares but it didn't matter. I felt like crap as soon as I ate them. My stomach felt like it was going to explode. I was nauseous, panicky (yes, panicky! WTF!?) I had sharp pains, indigestion and I was overall miserable. We left the country Wednesday, up at 4:30 a.m. (6:30 eastern time-which is the timezone I live in) and we didn't get home until about 3:30 a.m. (eastern time) on Thursday a.m. It was a very long day and I did my best to stay gluten and dairy free but again, I was traveling and I didn't do the best. I started weighing, measuring and tracking my food on Thursday a.m. I started eating some of my old favorites like eggs with spinach for breakfast, lean protein and a veggie for lunch...but I was also eating a lot of grains. I had oatmeal one day, and popcorn everyday. I was avoiding gluten but eating a lot of grains and not following the Whole 30. I haven't felt right since returning to grains but I thought that lack of grains and legumes was what triggered my migraine... Then yesterday I started feeling a migraine creeping on. I took some Excedrin, drank a ton of water (as I always do) and laid low. Thankfully it's GONE today and never fully developed. As weird as it sounds I'm SO happy I started a migraine yesterday because I realized the cause of the migraine was NOT the Whole 30 style of eating and in fact it was probably exhaustion! It's the common link in the migraine before vaca and the one that started yesterday. I was going-going-going before we left for vaca. Sleeping very little, really just running myself into the ground. Then I came home from vaca and started going again. I went back to work the Thursday I landed back in the states and I've worked everyday since I've been home. I realize now the food cravings I was having pre-vaca-migraine were not actually physical, it was comfort food I was craving. A warm bowl of oatmeal always makes me feel good and pre-whole 30 popcorn was my nightly snack. It's weird I know but I was emotionally attached to those foods and when I started to not feel good I wanted to feel better. I wanted comfort and love and I wanted grains because I associated those foods with those feelings. Yesterday as we were walking around the grocery store I started looking at pretzels, ice cream and chocolate. I was feeling the migraine creeping up the back of my neck and I was looking to comfort myself...thankfully I realized that food was NOT the cure and I got out of the store without any comfort foods finding their way into my bag. On our way home from the store my wife looked at me and said "why don't you do Whole 30 again? You felt so good when you did it." and she was right. So I'm going to. Yesterday wasn't great; in fact it was really bad. I hadn't binged since starting Whole 30 and yesterday I ate all day. I'm not sure if was a combination of being tired, feeling headachey or getting ready to dive back into Whole 30 but I was out of control. I ate peanut butter out of the jar, tortilla chips (well, they're gluten free at least!) by the handful out of the bag, fruit, microwave popcorn...ugh. I'm so ashamed. But I woke up this morning feeling inspired, strong and ready to get back to Whole 30! And this time, I'm not going to reintroduce grains because when I did, I felt like crap. I listened to the devil on my shoulder who disguised herself as an angel and said "eat grains! It's not good to restrict foods!" and it didn't work. After 30 days I might consider reintroducing some beans and rice because in CR they didn't bother me AT ALL...but I'm honestly not sure. I'm going to eliminate them for 30 days for sure and reevaluate when I I'm done with my 30 days. I'll also be sure to reintroduce the right way. Whole 30 gives you a guide to reintroducing and inhaling 2 bags of microwave popcorn and chasing it with a Wendy's chili is NOT what they recommend. The program didn't fail me, I failed the program. There is SO much conflicting information out there about what is healthy that it can be totally overwhelming and confusing and I often listen to the "experts" instead of my own body. I do believe that we need fat, protein and carbs and I get all of the things that I believe I need with Whole 30. It's been argued that we need grains for our brains and it's been argued that grains eat our brains. I've heard people say without grains they can't function and I've heard people say that grains slow them down... But it doesn't matter what people say. What matters is what I SAY. What matters is how I FEEL. I deserve to feel my best and I feel my best when I follow Whole 30. So my goal going forward will be to ignore the voices in my own head and ignore the "concern" or "advice" that others give me. I'm making this list so I can read it when I start to feel weak or I start letting others opinions affect me: I am not damaging my body by eliminating foods that make me feel like crap. The Whole 30 foods make me feel good. I am not slapping anyone with Celiac in the face by eating gluten free. I do not need to live my life or eat to make others happy. I feel my best when I eat according to the Whole 30 rules. Everybody processes food differently; what works for me might not work for you and vice versa and THAT'S OK. So, that's my plan. Whole 30 again, starting soon! Not sure of the exact date yet, but very soon...maybe even tomorrow. I've got some work to do for my job and then I'm going to go buy a notebook and start meal planning for the next 30 days. I felt ridiculously strong, lean and HEALTHY when I was doing Whole 30...since I stopped doing Whole 30 I've felt bloated, slow, uncomfortable and my digestion is not right. I've gained about 8 pounds in the past 2 weeks since stopping Whole 30. It's REALLY disappointing because I worked so hard and lost 10 pounds, I got VERY close to goal, I felt AMAZING and I let it all go because I got a migraine. BUT, nothing is permanent and I've absolutely learned and grown from this experience and though I wish I felt strong and lean the way I did a few short weeks ago I know I'll feel that way as soon as I start Whole 30 again. -t
  21. Hi Everyone, A year ago I was diagnosed with "IBS." I also found out that I had become lactose intolerant - so I began seeing a holistic doctor since it seemed that no other doctor could help me. After doing testing, we found out that my body is producing a great deal more of bad bacteria than good bacteria and that I have a difficult time digesting fats. My test results also showed inflammation, symptoms of IBS, and I fit all criteria for having a "leaky gut." I decided to try the Whole 30 with the hopes of healing my gut, but I am on Day 15 and just don't see anything good happening. My bathroom routine is a mess - only going once every 3 to 4 days which is not normal for me, my acne is worse than it has been in years (I have little red bumps everywhere), and I am ending almost every night bloated and gassy. I know that I need to give it the full 30 days, which I plan to, but was wondering if anyone had any of the same symptoms. Does it get worse before it gets better? Thank you for anything!!!
  22. Hello, I know this topic has been talked about often and I have read other people's advice, I just have a few questions. I'm on day 25 and just started having constipation in the past week. Prior to this last week I was having no issues in this area and I haven't changed anything i'm eating. I have been drinking kombucha (compliant) and Smooth Move tea but these seem like short fixes. I am going to purchase a magnesium supplement but have some questions: How much should I take to help the constipation along? Should I take a much larger dose than normal? If so for how long should I take the larger dose? I have endometriosis which causes poor digestion already (lucky me), should I be taking anything else to help with digestion because of the endo?
  23. I've been doing the Whole 30 for just over 4 weeks. I was feeling great and the pounds were melting off the first two weeks. After that I can tell I'm staying the same and now my nails are dry and brittle, cracking and breaking, and I'm constipated. What I eat: I eat some form of eggs for breakfast everyday either with veggies, ham, bacon, sausage and/or sweet potatoes. I don't drink caffeine or carbonated beverages. I drink over 60 oz of water every day. I wake up late so my breakfast is late so I just have a banana, almond milk, almond flour (I'm too cheap for almond butter) and cinnamon smoothie or a Larabar in the afternoons, then supper I make something good like Whole 30 chili, sweet potato shepherd's pie, meatballs with marinara and zoodles, stuffed peppers, veggie soup, curry chicken and cauliflower rice, etc. You get the picture. If I'm hungry during the day or before bed I grab a handful of pistachios and a piece of kiwi or berries. My excerisce: I do Blogilates beginner calendar nearly every day which consists of about 30 minutes or more of pilates, strength training and cardio. So what am I doing wrong? How can I kickstart some weightloss, unconstipate myself and have healthy nails? Thanks everyone!
  24. Hello! So I'm currently ending Day 7 of not having a normal BM. I'm going blunt, I tried going yesterday and today only to pass maybe 5-6 hard, dense little rabbit turds. That was a struggle and didn't want to put any more stress down there (if you know what I mean). Hemorrhoids have been inflamed, even without the straining from yesterday and day. -I am on no medication -my crohns disease is in remission -I don't have pain, yet it's uncomfortable -bloating is steady and increased after eating -I perform abdominal exercises to get the muscles working -drink over 64 oz of water daily (trying to drink even more in this state) -tried incorporating caffeine, raw carrots, and apple cider vinegar mixed with water (usually helps me if there's an issue in the past), detox hot tea -began abdominal massages today Normal day of meals... Hot tea (green, ginger, mint, detox) B: 2 cooked eggs in EVOO w/ kale, black pepper, sea salt, turmeric//palm sized beef// raw grapes, raw avocado, raw whole banana with lemon juice on top L: Sage burger//raw grapes, raw avocado, raw whole banana with lemon juice on top (made up multiples, usually it's different yet that's all I had available that day)// raw carrot D: Whole30 mayo on compliant ingredients for chicken turkey salad (celery, dill, chives, grapes, avocado) 12 oz Hot tea (green, ginger, mint, or detox) S: sweet potatoes cooked in EVOO, rosemary, thyme, sprinkled avocado seed, sea salt, black pepper Hot tea (green, ginger, mint, detox) --thought hot tea would help I didn't want to get to the enzymes or magnesium yet I'm debating now. I'm on Day 25 and have been compliant throughout. I still get hungry yet become bloated afterward. I almost don't want to put anymore food down there. Never had an issue with any of these foods before or when on the Whole30 diet. 145lb (before I started Whole30 and not sure current weight) sleep is well workouts are an extreme struggle unlike before I started energy is steadying out and it's amazing not cold as much after eating mood is well I'm a chick Anyone that took the time to read this-thank you and I appreciate any time or help you put forth. For sure, I'm grateful (I know, theres a lot there) Enjoy the day wolfgang
  25. I'm on Day 29 and feeling incredibly bummed and frustrated! I've followed the protocol, yet for the past week I've been so constipated and uncomfortable. Might be TMI for some folks, but I have gone 4-5 days without a BM, and the pain/discomfort is really starting to bring me down. My husband is urging me to ditch the Whole30, but I'm still holding out hope that it can work for me. Before the Whole30, I had a fairly slow digestive system, but no IBS. I was also eating 90% clean, but included some whole grains and added sugar. I've stuck to Whole30 for 28 days, minus a bit of bran oil on some grilled shrimp three days ago (only protein option available when out with others). I'm active, and work out (running, circuits, spin) 6 days a week. Example of my daily meals: Breakfast: Preworkout - bit of protein (egg or chicken) Postworkout - egg whites (2), small sweet potato, followed by 2 eggs and some veggies an hour later Lunch: Big salad, carrots, peppers, salsa, 1/2 cup guacamole, grilled chicken breast Snack: egg whites or mini larabar. occasionally an apple, 8 oz. kombucha Dinner: roasted vegetables or cauliflower rice, 1/2 avocado, ground turkey or chicken sausage, Occasionally 1T almond butter and 1/2 banana after dinner I also take a probiotic every night. Please offer any advice you can! Feeling so discouraged to end my Whole30 this way!!